Week 5: Star Fruit

31 Jan

What new food I tried or haven’t tried is now a popular topic of conversation around the lunch table at work. During a recent lunch, someone asked if I’d ever had star fruit. Everyone was in agreement that it’s delicious and I should certainly add it to my list.

A quick wikipedia search revealed that star fruit, or carambola, are popular throughout Southeast Asia, the South Pacific and parts of East Asia. We found it easily at the supermarket – it is yellowish green and has five (actually it can vary from 3-6) ridges running down the sides and is about the size of a pear. The part that makes it a “star” is that when cut, the ridges make the slices look like stars.

After the celery root mashing incident, we made sure to research star fruit to make sure we were doing everything right. This time it was pretty easy: 1) cut off any dark tips on the ridges 2) cut the stem off 3) holding the fruit wide, slice it vertically 4) remove the seeds 5) eat

We thought that the consistency of the star fruit was very apple-like. It was crispier and crunchier than we had imagined. It tasted sweet, but with a little sour kick.

Verdict? Star fruit is super tasty and I’ll be buying them much more often.

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2 Responses to “Week 5: Star Fruit”

  1. Dylan Charles February 1, 2011 at 1:24 am #

    If you want to keep going after weird and exotic fruits, I recommend the durian. Just make sure to open it outside. And burn the leftovers. And wear thick gloves.

  2. Dilip August 16, 2011 at 6:23 am #

    Greetings from India! Just discovered a Star Fruit Tree at a friends place. We plucked some and they were delicious. Thanks for this post! Cheers!

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